1743J To Horace Mann 393 me up cases: I shall pay the money to your brother. Adieu! Embrace the Chutes, who are heavenly good to you, and must have been of great use in all your illness and disputes. 135. To HOKACE MANN. Arlington Street, Nov. 30, I HA.VE had two letters from you since I wrote myself. This I begin against to-morrow, for I should have little time to write. The Parliament opens, and we are threatened with a tight Opposition, though it must be vain, if the numbers turn out as they are calculated; three hundred for the Court, two hundred and five opponents; that -is, in town ; for, you know, the whole amounts to five hundred and fifty-six. The division in the ministry has been more violent than between parties; though now, they tell you, it is all adjusted. The Secretary1, since his return, has carried all with a high hand, and treated the rest as ciphers ; but he has been so beaten in the Cabinet Council, that in appearance he submits, though the favour is most evidently with him. All the old ministers have flown hither as zealously as in former days: and of the three levees2 in this street, the greatest is in this house, as my Lord Carteret told them the other day; ' I know you all go to Lord Orford: he has more company than any of us—do you think I can't go to him too ?' He is never sober; his rants are amazing ; so are his parts and spirit. He has now made up with the Pelhams, though after naming to two vacancies in the Admiralty without their knowledge : Sir Charles Hardys and Mr. Philipson4. The other alterations LETTER 135. —* Lord Carterefc. z Pice-Admiral Sir Charles Hardy, Walpole. Xnight; d. 1744. 2 Lord Carteret's, Mr. Pelham's, * John PMUipson, M.P. for Har-and Lord Orford's.